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This 26-year-old Serb is one of the toughest players the game has ever seen. Defense is the name of his game. His return of serve can go so deep and have so much pace on it that he basically neutralizes any advantage the server should have in a point.
What’s more he is so flexible it is difficult to get almost any ball past him. Even when he is standing along the baseline, he makes his side of the court seem painfully small to his opponent when he extends his legs and arms as though they were rubber bands.
Djokovic became #1 in 2011, two years ago at Wimbledon, but he might still seem like an upstart interloper (at least to some Roger and Rafa fans).
When Djokovic won his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2008, he was the first player to win a slam not named Roger or Rafa since The French Open back in 2005.
He was nothing like Roger or Rafa. He complained on court. He laughed like a hyena. And then he didn’t win a major for the next three years. Some thought he was only a one time blip on the tennis screen, but Djokovic proved them wrong.
Order was restored until 2010
Djokovic went on to win Wimbledon and the US Open that year as well as the Australian in 2012 and 2013.
And yet still he might seem like an interloper to traditionalists.
Not what one would expect of a Hero.
Let alone a Romance Hero.
And of course, in the end he gets the girl.
As Ferris says on that infamous day off, “If we played by the rules, we’d be in gym right now.”